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August 18, 2017
AMES, Iowa – Farmers often go to great lengths to keep viruses and aphids out of their fields, but Iowa State University scientists are imagining a future in which these harmful agents could be engineered to help crops. It’s a wild and highly speculative idea, the researchers admit. But the...
August 02, 2017
Researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), the University of Minnesota, the University of California, Davis, and Iowa State University have received a four-year $10.3 million award to engineer insect-vectored viruses to express genes in maize that can help in combatting disease, drought,...
July 14, 2017
AMES, Iowa – Dry weather forces plants to save energy by reducing their growth rate, but it’s not as if a plant can consult a rain gauge or weather report. So how do they know when to ease up on growth? Yanhai Yin, a professor of genetics, development and cell biology and a Plant Sciences...
July 12, 2017
AMES, IA – Iowa State University researchers for the first time have mapped the various molecular components that govern how environmentally stressed plants interrupt their normal growth pathways by tapping into an important energy recycling function. The research, published today in the...
July 12, 2017
This summer, in cornfields in Iowa and Nebraska, about a thousand small point-and-shoot digital cameras will be enclosed in waterproof cases, mounted on poles and attached to solar-powered battery chargers. They will take pictures every ten minutes as plants grow; all part of a plan to create...
July 11, 2017
  AMES, Iowa – Recently published research from Iowa State University biomedical scientists details new methods for studying a parasitic nematode that sickens millions worldwide, a development that could lead to improved therapies.  Richard Martin, a Distinguished Professor of...
July 11, 2017
Ask people in the research business if they have a wish list, and many will answer in the affirmative.  “There are always different things you want to see done,” says Jim Reecy, an animal scientist and director of the Office of Biotechnology at Iowa State University.  Much of Reecy’s work...
July 11, 2017
When you drive over Gateway Bridge from Iowa to Illinois you’ll reach the Thomson Causeway Recreation Area, an island campground in the middle of the Mississippi River surrounded by marshland. Newcomers to the island, located right across the river from Clinton, might be surprised by the slow 10...
July 11, 2017
AMES, Iowa –They buzz. They bite. And they can transmit serious illnesses in the most severe cases. Deer ticks, pictured here, can transmit Lyme disease and Powasson virus, though Powasson has never been confirmed in Iowa. An ISU entomologist recommends the removal of ticks with tweezers if...
July 11, 2017
Ames, Iowa — John Nason has been named the chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology (EEOB) at Iowa State University.
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